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An Intimate Dinner with Norman Lear



An Intimate Dinner with Norman Lear


“Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” 

                      ……President Bill Clinton, upon bestowing the

                      National Medal of Arts on Norman Lear.


For decades Norman Lear has been one of America’s top liberal leaders. Through his vision and his concrete actions, Norman has led the progressive movement’s fight for equality, diversity, free speech, justice, fairness, and democracy. Because of his leadership, America is an even more wonderful Nation.
In the entertainment industry, Norman is best known as the producer of what many would call the greatest TV show of all time, the classic, Emmy-award-winning All in the Family. Norman also produced Maude, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, and Good Times – they all taught us, while they entertained us.


All in the Family showed us bigotry, and taught us tolerance and acceptance.

Maude showed us a world of sexual bias, and taught us the equality of the sexes.

Sanford and Son showed us poverty, and taught us that family love can help us through poverty and all sorts of things.

The Jeffersons showed us that bigotry can come from unexpected sources, and so can tolerance and acceptance.

One Day at a Time showed the tribulations of single-parenting, and taught us that love and open communication can make that hard job, into a joy.

Good Times showcased poverty and the frustration that comes from it, and it taught us to believe in ourselves.

Concerned about the growing influence of radical religious evangelists, Norman decided to leave television in 1980 and form People For the American Way, a non-profit organization designed to speak out for Bill of Rights guarantees and to monitor violations of constitutional freedoms. People For the American Way remains an powerful, influential, and effective voice for freedom.

In addition to founding People for the American Way, Norman has founded other nonprofit organizations, including the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication; the Business Enterprise Trust, which spotlighted exemplary social innovations in American business; and with his wife, Lyn, Norman co-founded the Environmental Media Association, to mobilize the entertainment industry to become more environmentally responsible.

President Clinton was so right. Norman taught us what we were and what we could be.

An honest to Goodness American hero. Norman Lear.  

Please join us for an intimate dinner with that American hero, in the elegant Wisteria Room at Disney’s California Grand Hotel. You will have great conversation, sensational food, and an experience that will last a lifetime.

Seating is $1,000.00/plate. 

You can help further with a Gold Sponsorship ($2,000.00), which includes dinner and 6 months of Foundation Membership; or, a Platinum Sponsorship ($3,000.00), which includes dinner and 1 year of Foundation Membership.

Most if not all of the money will go to the publication and distribution of the Foundation’s Award-winning Orange County Voters Guide.

August 9, 2014, 6 PM

1600 S. Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802

Seating is extremely limited. Reservations will be honored on a first come-first serve basis.


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Tech Seminar: Great Success


The Foundation and the Democratic Party of Orange County recently held a Technology Seminar to teach Democratic Office Holders, Candidates, and Campaigns how to use electronic technology in their campaigns.  The Seminar was coordinated by the Foundation’s Technology Committee, which consists of Loren Doll and Mani Kang.  Hats off to Loren and Mani for pulling off a very successful seminar, where presenters from Political Data, Inc. and NationBuilder gave participants excellent lessons in the use of electronic technology in their campaigns.  And, thanks to the UFCW for the use of the union’s hall.

The event was free to Democratic Office Holders, Candidates, and Campaigns.  Together, the Foundation and the Party were able to give our candidates information, real information that they can really use to harness technology – to win.

Click here for pictures from the event.  Technology Seminar.

Thank you.

Dan Jacobson, Chair                                                                                                                                                                              Democratic Foundation of Orange County



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